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CARLING CURRIE CUP PREMIER DIVISION

South Africa's oldest and premier provincial competition, which was contested from October 2020 to January 2021 during a season disrupted by COVID-19, ended in joy for the Vodacom Bulls as they won the title for the first time since 2009, beating the Durban-based Cell C Sharks in a dramatic and nail-biting home final in Pretoria. The other teams in the competition for 2021 are 2019 champions, the Toyota Cheetahs (from Bloemfontein), as well as DHL Western Province (Cape Town), Sigma Lions (Johannesburg), New Nation Pumas (Nelspruit) and Tafel Lager Griquas (Kimberley).

The history

The Currie Cup is one of the oldest rugby competitions in the world, with the first games played in 1889, but it was only in 1892 that it became officially known as the Currie Cup. The original participating unions were Western Province, Griqualand West, Transvaal and Eastern Province. The first tournament was held in Kimberley and was won by Western Province. The Currie Cup trophy was donated to South Africa in 1891 by the touring British Isles team - it was given to the tourists by Sir Donald Currie, owner of Union-Castle Lines, the shipping company that transported them to the southern tip of Africa. Sir Donald was clear with his instructions – hand this trophy over to the team in South Africa that gives you the best game. After a spirited display where the unbeaten British Lions narrowly won 3-0, Griqualand West became the first ever holders of the Currie Cup.

Carling Currie Cup Premier Division 2021 table
Pos Team PL W L D PF PA DIFF TF TA PTS
1
Cell C Sharks
6 2 1 3 108 78 30 13 8 24
2
Vodacom Bulls
6 3 1 2 96 96 0 14 13 23
3
Tafel Lager Griquas
6 3 2 1 140 125 15 15 16 19
4
DHL Western Province
6 3 3 0 198 184 14 23 24 17
5
New Nation Pumas
6 2 3 1 131 118 13 15 12 15
6
Toyota Cheetahs
6 2 3 1 95 115 -20 11 13 14
7
Sigma Lions
6 1 3 2 100 152 -52 15 20 14

TOP SCORERS

FIXTURES

Sigma Lions

30 Jul | Emirates Airline Park, JHB

16:45

New Nation Pumas

DHL Western Province

30 Jul | DHL Newlands, Cape Town

19:00

Vodacom Bulls

Cell C Sharks

31 Jul | Jonsson Kings Park, Durban

14:30

Tafel Lager Griquas

Tafel Lager Griquas

06 Aug | Tafel Lager Park, Kimberley

14:30

Sigma Lions

Vodacom Bulls

06 Aug | Jonsson Kings Park, Durban

19:00

Cell C Sharks

RESULTS

25 Jul|Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

Vodacom Bulls

40 - 21

Sigma Lions

25 Jul|Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit

New Nation Pumas

23 - 37

DHL Western Province

24 Jul|Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein

Toyota Cheetahs

30 - 47

Cell C Sharks

21 Jul|Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein

Toyota Cheetahs

38 - 21

DHL Western Province

21 Jul|Emirates Airline Park, JHB

Sigma Lions

31 - 41

Tafel Lager Griquas

CARLING CURRIE CUP PREMIER DIVISION

Tournament news

The Carling Currie Cup Bulletin #13

If the Carling Currie Cup Premier Division was a 4x100m relay race, the competition would now reach the second changeover as the home straight moves into sight with six games remaining before the playoffs.

Tournament news

SA Rugby Under-20 Cup fixtures confirmed

The SA Rugby Under-20 Cup competition kicks off on the first weekend of August, with all the participating teams ready to give their all to make it to the playoffs in October.

Tournament news

The Carling Currie Cup Bulletin #12

The Cell C Sharks, Vodacom Bulls and DHL Western Province delivered commanding performances as all of them recorded victories with the Carling Currie Cup reaching its halfway stage this weekend.

Match report

WP bounce back in style in Nelspruit

Tristan Leyds scored two tries as DHL Western Province bounced back in style with a hard-fought 37-23 Carling Currie Cup victory over the New Nation Pumas in Nelspruit on Sunday, after leading by 16-10 at the break.

Match report

Bulls run wild in Jukskei Derby

It was the running of the Vodacom Bulls as the men in blue romped to a 40-21 bonus-point win over the Sigma Lions in an entertaining Carling Currie Cup encounter at Loftus Versfeld on Sunday afternoon.